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Greenwood, John, 1760-1819United States. Continental Army. Massachusetts Regiment, 15th
John Greenwood music book, circa 1780
John Greenwood music book, ca. 1780
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Manuscript book of music given to Greenwood by a British fife-major, probably after 1780. According to 'Early American Secular Music and Its European Sources, 15891839: An Index' (http://www.colonialdancing.org/Easmes/Biblio/B018536.htm, viewed August 6, 2012), the music is probably for German flute or violin, and it is a leisure collection for a gentleman and not music for use in the military as some sources suggest. The volume contains 87 numbered leaves. Leaves 18 and 24 are blank, and leaves 76-77 and 82-86 are lacking. Approximately 80 tunes are in the volume as well as biographical and historical notes added to the final leaves in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Fife-major, 15th Massachusetts Regiment; he later became a dentist in New York City. Gift of Mary M. Greenwood and Eliza R. Greenwood, Dec. 7, 1942.
New-York Historical Society
Mss Collection - BV Greenwood, John
Fife musicFlute musicViolin musicMusic--United States--18th centuryUnited States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--British forcesUnited States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Songs and music
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